What Happens When Intentions Are Shared By Thousands ?
A Conversation with a Professor of Spirituality and Politics
Jaelle Dragomir, scholar and author, collaborated with Master Mingtong Gu on his book Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong Activate and Embody Energy. Her book, Two Revelations With A Miracle on the Side: Our Spiritual Path to a New Political Paradigm, will be available later next year. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Amy Cooper is a psychotherapist in San Francisco and a teacher of Wisdom Healing Qigong at Flourish Studio.
Jaelle and Amy met at a Qigong retreat and have been in conversation over the past year about an upcoming radio show they will produce: The Emerging Field of Transformation: A discussion with cutting edge scholars and activists who are changing consciousness and our perceptions of what is possible.
The following interview was conducted in anticipation of the September 25th Chi Center Event: Awakening the Power of Joy and Vitality, and the launch of the radio show starting in October 2011. The largest Chi Center event to date is this coming Sunday; it will take place at Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, California. Registration and details are online at www.chicenter.com.
This event will be a unique chance to for everyone to embody the experience of interconnection through practices similar to some of the cutting edge thinkers’ theories. Many of these thinkers are integrating the ancient Eastern philosophies and practices embodied in Qigong into present day Western inquiry, in the fields of science, health and environmentalism.
AC: You have spent your life as an activist and writer and studied with many spiritual leaders, so what about Wisdom Healing Qigong captured your attention?
JD: Right from the beginning I was drawn to Master Mingtong Gu and his ability to transmit this ancient wisdom to a contemporary audience. I felt like I had arrived home when we did the practice and the theories were more than theories for me, they were practical applications that fit my worldview.
AC: In your study of other spiritual and healing practices did you also study different forms of energy healing?
JD: I’ve practiced other forms of energy healing all my life, and was in touch with my own energy field and to a great extent the universal life force. But I, like many healers, would feel depleted by other forms of healing because I didn’t have the technology to constantly draw from anything other than my own reservoir of energy. I was drawn to this practice because it has the technology to heal one another by healing ourselves as we draw from the universal source of energy.
AC: That’s a very different paradigm than how we typically see healing in this culture. It’s typically the idea that the healer knows all and the person who is sick is dependent on them for their advice and interventions. There is no concept that the creative force of the universe would play any significant role in healing.
JD: Yes, we really got that wrong, thinking that we are separated from our own body wisdom and the creative wisdom of the universe. We are enculturated to think of ourselves as unique but not to embody our interconnection to the diversity of nature.
AC: I think of a field of flowers where each flower has its own beauty but is still part of the larger landscape. Some flowers can grow easily and plentifully but others face the challenges of their environment and have difficulty taking root. Yet each flower when supported has the source of energy to flourish.
JD: That’s beautiful, Amy. Everything about us is unique including our experience of being in this body on this planet at this time. Mother Nature abhors not only a vacuum, but also redundancy. Each of us, with our uniqueness revitalizes the very universe we live in. Individuation helped us perceive and appreciate our individual creativity, but we took it too far and now we cling to our illusion of separation. Feeling separate and alone, we’ve lost our interconnection. The practice of Qigong shifts that idea on its head and our individuality and inner wisdom are amplified by our shared wisdom.
AC: That’s another unique dimension of the Wisdom Healing Qigong’s paradigm, which posits we heal better together because we can draw from the collective knowledge transmitted energetically in words and practice as we share the intention for one another’s healing and share our own healing path with others.
JD: Fundamental to this form of Qigong is creating a chi field where we amplify the healing energy much like was done at the Qigong medicine-less hospital in China. Master Gu was inspired by his teacher, Grand Master Pang, who brought thousands of people together to heal and it’s Master Gu’s great dream that we can amplify the healing in a similar way in the U.S. where many will be healed by the shared intention of healing for everyone and everything, including Mother Earth and by extension, our political paradigm.
AC: When I traveled to China with Master Gu, we went to a small healing hospital. I walked into the clinic and I cried because, although I couldn’t understand the language of those who were frail and sick, I could feel the shared belief in one another’s healing. I didn’t know it then, but I’d been waiting all my life for a collective field with such powerful shared love and compassion. To my great delight I’ve had experiences on retreat in the U.S. with Master Gu where that same loving relational field has been co-created. I wonder how many people in America who are frail have had that experience?
JD: People can find that sometimes within their family or church or temple but its rare to have it embodied in a healing practice.
AC: That’s an important point. It’s not so much that it’s a place of sanctuary but it’s a place of sanctuary and shared embodied practice where each person’s healing contributes to the collective healing.
If someone were thinking of coming to the Wisdom Healing Qigong event with Master Gu on September 25th this coming Sunday what would you tell them?
JD: First, I’d say, “Great! You’ve taken a magnificent first step to not only heal yourself but also heal the world.” That is very important. Then I’d tell them, “It doesn’t matter what physical or mental state you’re in, or religion or ideology you practice, the more you share your individual, unique knowledge and wisdom––and everyone has a stake in this—the more you strengthen and expand the chi field, the energy field that surrounds and supports us. Amy, you and I have seen people who were despondent, disempowered, and some who were so ill they couldn’t stand, come to a Wisdom Healing Qigong event and walk away with the spark of vitality and hope and healing that had been missing in their lives. That’s powerful.